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    I can normally do pretty well with medical terms and drug names, after working in a hospital. There is a drug with the generic name of imipenem and I would ALWAYS want to say Impanema - which certainly always brought laughs during rounds. I finally gave up after a while and just called it by its trade name Primaxin.
    Only two emotions belong in the saddle: One is a sense of humor. The other is patience.



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    A bomb an a bull.... Thank you!!
    Gonna have to remember that!
    MrB's attempt at talking like a horse person, "We'll be entering in the amateur hunter-gatherer division...."



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    I have problems with pattern. It comes out "pat-tren"


    One of my best friend's now-husband didn't know how to say "antithesis." They were having some stupid arguement in college and he told her that she was the "Anti-Thesis of love." 10+ years later and we still rag on him for that. Not only is it a totally weird line to use in an arguement even when said correctly, it's just awesome when said anti-thesis.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Emryss View Post
    It's regional. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/often?s=t

    "Pronunciation note
    Often was pronounced with a t -sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the [t] Show IPA came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the [t] for many speakers. Although it is still sometimes criticized, often with a [t] is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again. "
    Thank you Emryss..I am vindicated..sort of. Lol...and wrrrongg...sort of
    I still hate that teacher...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yaya View Post
    But.. in-frared is correct! It needs the r! (or do you mean you pronounced it in-fraired?)
    I pronounced it "in-fraired"

    *facepalm*



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    I usually stumble over 'rural' and 'brewery'.

    I worked with someone who would pronounce 'illegitimate' as 'il IT e GIT a MIT'. She had to read something containing that word and after practicing for days, she still screwed up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Ceylon Star View Post
    Mine. It comes out with either a T or a D on the end. No idea why, but it's been like that since I started talking and I can't knock off the end consonant.

    There's a store in town called Capital Iron. Everyone says Iron like "eye-yern", but there's a radio ad for it that says iron "eye-rOn". Drives me mental.

    There's also Buchart Gardens. I've always said "Boo-shart" but my buddy insists it's "butch-art". I still have no idea which is technically correct!
    I say Boo-tchart.



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    I couldn't say "geography" as a kid. I still have a little bit of trouble with the words that have an unexpected accent on the middle syllable. Like "microscopy". If I were just saying it, I would have no trouble -- if I were reading aloud, I would have the "micro" out of my mouth before remembering what I was supposed to do!

    I am surprised that so many people have trouble with "rural". Do you just have trouble shaping the word? I think that's a little different than mispronouncing. I will admit it doesn't roll off the tongue, and it isn't a pleasant word. But it's not like there's another way of saying it -- that jumps to my mind anyway.

    I grew up with a Boston accent but have mostly lost it. I am most often mistaken for a Canadian, mainly because of the way I say the word "out". I don't know where that came from. After having been made overly conscious of my missing Rs, I rarely slip on the common words like "cah" or "pahk". But after a few beers, I may let slip something like "effit" (effort) or patt'n (pattern).
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    Did you know that if you say the word "GULLIBLE" really softly, it sounds like "ORANGES"?



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    Our. I say it like are.
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    It's not that I don't know how to pronounce it, but I have a really hard time saying compartmentalize



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    OMG rural!!
    Always comes out as rull or rule.

    Slightly OT, but I can NOT spell 'language' without reciting the *mnemonic in my head that I learned in elementary school: "Larry And Nancy Gave Us A Green Elephant"

    *Mnemonic, btw, is another word I can't pronounce.



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    I remember a girl in 6th grade, we were getting assigned a state with a partner to do a big oral presentation, and she was terrified she'd get Massachusetts because she can't say it any way but 'Mass a 2 shits'. She got it

    I have a hard time now that I'm around Polish people (I have to do payroll, etc.) OMG, how do you say Dzierzynski??? I always just end up saying Dee-zer-zin-ski confidently, about half the time it works and I fool whoever I was telling, lol.
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    My husband cannot say 'navigable'. It comes out navigitabable. So now he does it just to make me laugh
    A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking. (Steven Wright)



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    Roar, Aurora. The first R comes out sounding like an R/W hybrid. I had speech therapy as a kid and my Rs sound fine except for those two words, so I just don't say them. Ever.



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    Texts... how do you say that so it doesn't come out TEX???
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    Potato. I always say pa d "long a" d "short a" I think it's because that's how my born in Ireland Grandmother always said it, and it just stuck.

    And, how in the world can I start saying aLmond and stop saying amond?
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    We just love to shame poor people...when in reality, we are all just peasants.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosey_2003 View Post
    I remember a girl in 6th grade, we were getting assigned a state with a partner to do a big oral presentation, and she was terrified she'd get Massachusetts because she can't say it any way but 'Mass a 2 shits'. She got it

    I have a hard time now that I'm around Polish people (I have to do payroll, etc.) OMG, how do you say Dzierzynski??? I always just end up saying Dee-zer-zin-ski confidently, about half the time it works and I fool whoever I was telling, lol.
    I believe that dz sound is one combined sound, when I say it, it's more of a hard G sound. For example, good day in Polish is Dzien Dobry, and it sounds like 'gin doh-bry'
    So I think that name is something like Jer-zin-ski.
    Of course the American pronunciation might be something totally different! My Polish ex boyfriend had the last name Dabrowski (a little tail thing on the 'a') and it was pronounced 'dom-brov-ski' as opposed to the American version 'dah-brow-ski'....
    MrB's attempt at talking like a horse person, "We'll be entering in the amateur hunter-gatherer division...."



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    I always say "Half of one, six a dozen of the other."



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    I was watching the news the other night and I realized that regionally, the word 'but' may have two syllables.

    I saw teenagers pronouncing it 'boo-it.'

    I can't pronounce metastasize, and I hope never to need to.
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    Up until I went to college I could not pronounce breakfast. It came out brefast. I finally make myself pronounce it as break_fast with a long pause between the two words. Eventually I could shorten it up. Occasionally I still revert.
    Funny thing is my co-worker says it the way I used to say it.

    I have a number of others I can't say for the life of me but can't remember any others right now.

    My mom always says mammy-o-gram instead of mammogram.
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